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Nordic Touring Gear

The best nordic touring gear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 15, 2023. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Nordic Touring Gear Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Alpina Alaska 75

Great boot for all-around backcountry skiing. Fun with cable for telemark. Great comfort. Great comfort, hot, some flex, but stiff enough, drive my Rossignol BC90 ski very well and are really fun for telemark downhill (with voile cable fix ). Not sure about the durability, mostly about all story about the sole and the duck bill (pre 2020 with about 75mm boots). Have one season on and they are still good shape (about 30 days of backcountry skiing in mountain, up and tele down). I use them on untracked… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Alpina Alaska 75

Visuals inspire high hopes. User experience is a letdown. I bought these online without trying them on first. The size was good but it was evident from the get-go that these were very soft and offered no or very little support both side to side, backwards, or forwards. They are comfortable on the foot but for a ski boot in this segment I don't see much use since they will only work on flat terrain. Forget crossing a hard slope diagonally or telemarking down a gentle incline. Yes, they look exactly… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Altai Skis Hok

Breaks the cycle of upgrading boots and skis with downhill and cross-country as bindings are universal and ski lengths are only two. Great fun, easy to use by adults and juniors, see detailed review on the Adirondack Mountain Club website (link below).   Hok For a detailed review, see Gear Review: Altai Hok Skis on the Adirondack Mountain Club website in the News section. Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Fischer BCX 6

I used these one season and noticed the stitching was coming apart. Contacted the place I bought them at, sent a picture along. They said they would not warranty, because of wear marks near stitching that was coming part. So disappointed. What junk! A little wear should Not make a difference. I would go with another company. I would not endorse Fischer products if they are not going to warranty their products! Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Madshus Eon

Good, but not great ski for nordic touring. I have skied the Eon for four years mostly in northern Norway/Sweden. It is reasonably efficient under most conditions but not a great climber on any snow due to the shallow scales (as compared to Fischer crowns for example).  Perhaps they used flatter scales to improve downhill performance, but this ski is not downhill oriented and would actually work better all around with a thinner tip of perhaps 78 or 79 mm. Works well in deep, new snow. Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Alpina BC 1550

The worst! I tried two sizes to see if it was a size issue that was causing the break point to push down on the base of my big toenails causing much pain. The one size was just as bad as the other. I was able to return one pair, the other I had to sell on GearTrade. Don't waste your time with these; go for the Alpine Alaska. That one is worth the premium price tag and is what I'm currently using.   Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Alpina BC 1550

Best classic boots I have used. Comfortable, good support, right flex, warm, easy to put on and off with some thoughtful details. Only issue is that the surface material on softer parts of older version delaminated and flakes. The cloth version has not. In addition to summary, the lacing is outstanding.  Easy and quick to use and holds well. The strap provides additional support and ensures laces do not come loose. Best fit I have experienced. I have medium to wide foot, normal arch, slightly narrow… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Fischer BCX 6

If you want a 200€ boot that lasts a good half a season. Used a total of 30 days before having to retire the boots. Within the first day the first seams of the boot started to unravel. The plastic exoskeleton wears out the boot material on the heel (this is only aesthetic). Above the toes on the top of the boot the seam between the hard plastic protective toecap/sidewall and the soft top material unraveled and the hard plastic also teared due to the boot flexing. This lets snow into the boot (first… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Crispi Svartisen GTX BC

A solidly built, high-end NNN-BC boot that delivers on both touring and turning performance. The 2-buckle, hinged plastic ankle cuff boosts downhill control. A good choice for messing about in the Vermont woods or Norwegian style hut-to-hut touring with summits on the side. Back in the '90s, as plastic boots were rising to their current dominance in the backcountry ski world, I was a regular on rec.skiing.backountry, an online bulletin board for back country skiers. I was then and remain a proponent… Full review

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